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Blurred Magazine is an online publication covering areas of gender identity, sterotypes and expectations.

On the 2nd May 2018 after contacting me they produced an article on Men in Skirts and published it on their site.

 

The Article written by Ana Sencenko including link to actual article

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Article written by Ana Sencenko 2nd May 2018

It’s been almost a hundred years since women started to wear trousers without any societal disapproval. For decades, we’ve been fighting for equal rights and opportunities from the female side, and it’s been slowly paying back.

But during this great time of blurred boundaries for women, do men get the same treatment?

David Beckham was one of the first UK celebrities to come out in public wearing a skirt – or a sarong, to be exact. That happened 20 years ago, but the case still causes lots of talks and smirks. Why though?!

In general, men in skirts became more ‘normal’ nowadays, thanks to Hollywood’s Red Carpets and Men’s Fashion Weeks. However, in the day-to-day life of a ‘regular’ man – the situation with skirts is quite different.

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Jeremy Hutchinson
“Society’s expectations these days – not before – are to embrace the woman as an individual, empower her freedom of choice and expression from gendered stereotypes without question,” says fell walker and DIY’er Jeremy Hutchinson, who prefers to wear long skirts instead of trousers.

Jeremy says, sadly, that men who want feel like an “empowered individual” often lack the “freedom of choice” compared to women, when it comes to gendered stereotypes – such as in clothing, for example.

Jeremy, 54, describes himself as a “standard heterosexual male following society’s obsession with labels and grouping of people” who’s been happily married to his heterosexual wife, Mary Hutchinson, for the past 27 years.

What makes Hutchinson stand out though, is his appearance. “I wear skirts all year round, sun, rain, wind or snow!” he says.

With comfort being one of the reasons for his choice, Jeremy also insists that women’s clothing is usually more colourful and has more character than menswear. ‘The Skirted Man’, as he calls himself on his blog, wears skirts on a daily basis for the majority of his activities – sometimes, even during hiking.

Jeremy is also challenging society with his appearance. “In our current era, it is not possible to dictate or expect what a woman can wear. For men, on the whole menswear – it is basically as it was from the early 1800’s and with strict social expectations without any modern changes,” he says.

“Many women still expect ‘their men’ to be in traditional clothing and not change unlike for themselves.”

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Jeremy and Mary Hutchinson

His wife, Mary, 63, says: “Clothes do not define a person. How they are as a person does. Everyone should be able to wear what they want and are most comfortable with, without any sort of condemnation. I as a female have that choice unreservedly, my husband and other males should have that same…

Jeremy agrees that women have reached the point when they’re being widely accepted by the society regardless of their appearance, however for men – it’s not the same.

“The male wardrobe has been assimilated by the female sex and I, as a fellow human being, have as much right and expectations to be an individual, embrace freedom of choice and expression as any other… I make a stand for myself and for similarly minded men.”

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Written by Ana Sencenko for Blurred Magazine 2nd May 2018

This is a link to the actual article on Blurred Magazine

 

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About Blurred Magazine

The following is taken directly from the page 'About Us' on their site 

"Blurred Magazine was created by six opinionated young creatives to explore everything related to gender identity, as well as cross the boundaries of gender stereotypes. The main aspect we concentrate on is giving a voice to those who struggle to be heard, with a strong focus on the LGBT+ community.

Blurred Magazine is the only ‘umbrella’ magazine for the LGBT+ as well as heterosexual consumers that covers a broad range of cultural topics to help broaden readers’ mindsets and encourage them to understand who they are. Blurred It was created to embrace individuality, inspire those who struggle and educate the curious on everything connected to gender. 

Pieter Van Hulst – Editor in Chief

“Most people think, by looking at me, that I’m a stereotypical cis-gender straight male, but this is far from the truth. I cry when I watch the ending of Titanic and I’m not a tough guy at all. I love every human no matter what they identify themselves as or look like.”

Ana Sencenko – Creative Director

“I love to wear menswear – it’s the most comfortable & stylish thing ever. And if anyone has a problem with it – for me, ‘men’s’ is just a label.”

Despoina Chiou – Production Editor

“I am a people person. I believe in freedom and individuality and for that reason, I believe that love and fashion shouldn’t have gender. Blur these lines and let people be who they want to be because at the end of the day we’re all humans and that’s the hardest thing to be.”

Rohma Ejaz – Features Editor 

“I defy the gender spectrum by asking others why is it okay for a man and a woman to be together and not a man and man or a woman and woman. In this world, we need to be accepting of others regardless of their background, sexuality or the colour of their skin.”

Yamuna Jani – Chief Writer

“I believe in choosing the freedom in whatever you do, whether that is through gender, appearance, belief of sexual orientation. You name it, I’m most likely for it. I’m also for coffee, I love coffee but that’s not important.”

Dinar Banfield – Chief Sub-Editor

“I cringe at people who say love is to be between a man and a woman. The world has evolved so much and people are more open to the idea that love is a feeling that should not be restricted by what’s in your pants but what you feel in your heart.”"

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